Burgers will be cheaper in 2016, but you may not like why

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Burgers Will Be Cheaper in 2016, but You May Not Like Why

For the first time in ten years, the price of beef has gone down.

Well, it's technically not the price of beef, it's the price of beef trimmings. Beef trimmings refer to the ground up meat used to add fat in a burger.

This doesn't mean you can get a prime rib on the cheap, this is strictly about burgers. Reports don't say if restaurants will follow suit and reduce their prices, but your barbecues are going to be a lot cheaper this year.

The reason the price is plummeting is because according to Farm Journal, farmers are feeding cows super cheap grain and keeping them in the feeding lot for longer, making cows fatter than ever -- or at least fatter than they've been for the last decade.

That means there's a super high supply, driving down prices. However, the catch is that while there seems to be more than enough burgers to go around, Americans are eating less and less beef. It's not just in the US, either. Japan loves its fatty meat cuts, but the exports have gone down after a boom in the country's seafood industry.

Yeah, remember supply and demand in high school? This is it, only with beef and some farmers sort of being jerks to cows.

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Burgers will be cheaper in 2016, but you may not like why

How far back in history does the hamburger go?

The hamburger evolved from a long lineage of meat patty predecessors, going as far back as the times of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. Khan’s horsemen would store flat patties made from meat scraps underneath their saddles, and after a day of battle the patty would be tenderized and ready to be eaten raw.

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Who invented the hamburger?

There are competing claims for the creation the first hamburger, but the debate also lies in whether or not sandwiching a meat patty between two slices of toasted bread counts. The first hamburger on a bun could be attributed to Oscar Weber Bilby from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who served grilled Angus meat patties on homemade yeast buns at his Fourth of July cookout in the summer of 1891.

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Another theory on the first hamburger

Others argue that serving hamburgers at a private party is like a tree falling in a forest with no one around to hear it.  For these historians, the story of the hamburger starts with the establishment of White Castle, the first hamburger chain, by Billy Ingram and short-order cook Walt Anderson in 1916.

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White Castle's custom spatula

Ingram developed a White Castle custom creation, a spatula made from saw-blade steel perfect for flattening patties, which is currently housed in a temperature-proof glass case at the Ohio State Historical Society.

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How did McDonald’s start?

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald originally ran a struggling movie theater, then opened a hot dog stand in Pasadena, California, called the Airdrome, moved operations to San Bernardino in 1940 to become a full-fledged restaurant that sold hot dogs, hamburgers and barbeque called McDonald’s Barbeque and finally reinvented the restaurant in 1948 to become the fast-food burger joint McDonald’s.

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How long does it take to make a Big Mac?

It takes approximately 15 seconds to assemble a Big Mac. Don't believe us? You can watch the YouTube video here.

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Remember Liberty Fries?

When World War I broke out, a hamburger was referred to as a “liberty sandwich” to erase its German roots.

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What's in a vegetarian burger?

The patty of a vegetarian hamburger usually contains a vegetable protein like soy, other vegetables especially legumes such as chickpeas and beans, grains, seeds, nuts and spices.

What makes a veggie patty taste so meaty? A more processed soy protein leads to a chewy, meat-like texture, and flavor agents like vegetable oil imitate the "mouthfeel" of beef fat.

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